Russia’s Constitutional Court will have to rule whether it is legal to strip opposition deputy Gennady Gudkov of his parliamentary mandate for his involvement in business activities without a court ruling. Meanwhile, a State Duma commission will address similar cases of six ruling United Russia party members.
Russia should set itself the "super goal" of building a large base on the moon that it could use to achieve "leaps" in science and to give a new sense of purpose to its troubled space program, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
(The Moscow Times, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Russia has become Europe’s largest car market. A total of 241,500 new vehicles were sold in Russia in August, and only 225,455 in Germany. Experts say the success may prove temporary.
VTB slammed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a London-based think tank after they published a joint report portraying the state-owned giant as riddled with corruption and a danger to the health of European financial markets.
(The Moscow Times)
Russia’s second largest mobile phone operator Megafon may use a favorable situation on the markets to sell 20 percent of stock on the London Stock Exchange in October.
The Kremlin raised the stakes in a standoff between Russian energy giant Gazprom and EU antitrust authorities, making it illegal for Gazprom to trade with or divulge information to foreign entities without first receiving permission from the government.
(The Moscow Times)
A state program to develop shipbuilding until 2030 has been drafted in Russia. Some 1.3 trillion rubles ($41.2 billion) will be invested in it.
OIL & GAS
Russian strategic joint-stock companies and their subsidiaries may not fulfill the demands of foreign countries’ authorities, according to a new decree signed by President Vladimir Putin. The decree is designed to protect Russia’s interests, including in the current dispute between energy giant Gazprom and the EU, but may increase risks for other strategic companies.
Ex-presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov proposed adopting a Religious Code to regulate relations between the state authorities, the Russian Orthodox Church and nationals.
Moscow’s City Hall has approved a venue for an opposition March of Millions due September 15. The Communists will for the first time officially take part in the event.
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